Christian radio host Harold Camping predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011. Followers gave up their jobs, sold their homes, and stopped investing in their children's college funds. On May 22, his office had a paper note in the window stating, "This office is closed. Sorry we missed you!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of Alec Cabacungan, the spokesperson for Shriners Childrens Hospital for the last 6 years, has Brittle Bone Disease. He has broken over 60 bones in his lifetime. He is an 18yo college freshmen, plays wheelchair basketball, interviews athletes and has appeared on sports shows such as NBA on TNT. cbsnews.com/news/alec-cab…
Veronica Roth, author of the 'Divergent' trilogy, wrote her 1st book in her senior year at Northwestern University. Her career took off with the publishing rights sold before she even graduated college & the film rights sold before the novels were even printed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Today I learned about practice babies. In the early to mid 1900s, orphaned babies were lent out to college home economics programs where they were taken care of entirely by groups of students in order to learn child-rearing skills. stitcher.com/show/stuff-y…
France had a referendum on the direct election of the President in 1962. It was approved by 62.3% of voters and abolished the electoral college in favor of direct suffrage. As a result, Charles de Gaulle remains the only French president elected by an electoral college. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
According to a 2006 poll by Marist College, a plurality of people wanted the World Trade Center in New York City rebuilt as it was before 9/11. Complete with its iconic Twin Towers. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
After Jay Rockefeller graduated from college, he volunteered with AmeriCorps in West Virginia. Instead of going home to New York when his contract expired like he was expected to, he stayed in West Virginia, ran for a House of Delegates seat, got elected Governor, and then became a Senator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
There is a nearly 9 Foot Statue in front of City College of San Francisco called "St. Francis of the Guns" The statue was created by Italian-born sculptor Benny Bufano and is cast with melted guns retrieved from a 1968 Gun Turn-In Program. roadsideamerica.com/story…
Author George Orwell was born in Bihar, India. After college, he joined the Indian Imperial Police in 1922 where he was earning the equivalent of Β£2,888 per month in today's money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Although nearly 80% of incoming community college students intend to go onto get a bachelor's degree, only 14% actually do so within 6 years, and less than 9% in 4 years. ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/pres…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
The slam dunk was banned in NCAA College Basketball from 1967-1976. Many people have attributed this to the dominance of the college phenomenon Lew Alcindor aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Some say the ban had racial motivations as most of the dunkers in college basketball were African American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
"Pistol" Pete Maravich, the greatest college basketball scorer of all time, and NBA all-star, was born with one coronary artery, while the rest of us have two. He died while playing a pickup basketball game at age 40. At death his heart was scarred and enlarged from oxygen deprivation. pediatricheartspecialists…
People who drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles are called Hotdoggers and only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible to be Hotdoggers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wie…
After John Scott Harrison (son of President William Henry Harrrison) died, his body was stolen from his grave. His body was later found hanging naked from a rope in a chute located in the Ohio Medical College by his son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Last year, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free. The bill was passed unanimously and requires schools, colleges and public buildings to ensure free access to products. npr.org/2020/11/25/938893…
A British grad school, Imperial College Business School, delivered its first holographic lecture in 2018, with lecturers and visiting speakers appearing as 3D, life-size entities within one of the college's lecture theatres (video link in first comment) imperial.ac.uk/news/18885…
The army college at Ft Leavenworth sent officers to spend a week with Barnum & Bailey circus to improve army logistics. circushistoricalsociety.o…
The Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) was developed by a team of college students and the patent was sold to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) for Β£1GBP en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
Before becoming a singer, Ke$ha was a model student with near-perfect SAT scores and was accepted into Barnard College. Her break-through persona was described as "deliberately unpolished". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ke$…
Today I learned of the Chicago College All-Star Game, an NFL preseason game between the NFL Championship Team of the previous season vs a team of the best college football players. It was played from 1934 to 1976. Of the 42 games played, the college team won 9 times with their last win in 1963. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
Kermit the Frog was awarded an honorary doctorate of Amphibious Letters on May 19, 1996, at Southampton College, New York, where he also gave a commencement speech. He is also the only "amphibian" to have had the honor of addressing the Oxford Union debating society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
John Corcoran graduated from highschool and college at a reading level of 2nd grade. In spite of this, he taught high school for 17 years and did real estate for 10 years without getting caught. At 48, he received tutoring from a volunteer literacy program, and became a literacy advocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
After Martin Luther King was killed in 1968, his funeral was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a small group of current students were chosen to be ushers for his funeral. One of those ushers was Samuel L. Jackson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
After Larry Bird left Indiana University, he worked collecting trash in his home town. When leaving for college a 2nd time, this time at Indiana State, he told his co-workers, "I'll be going up there to get a little education. Then I'll be back and be boss of you guys." espn.com/sportscentury/fe…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
In 2006 Bill Murray (56 at the time) accepted an invitation to a college party in the Scottish Town of St. Andrews after a round of golf. He showed up, drank their vodka, did all the dishes and left today.com/id/15281031/ns/…
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's cube, was an architect professor in the Budapest College of Applied Arts and created the cube to help his students understand 3D. Patented in 1975, it went on to become an international success. The cube was so hard that it took him a month to solve it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Today I Learned the College of Physicians in philadelphia has the largest collection of books bound in human skin youtu.be/Go_PQdH8uEs
Abraham Lincoln was self-educated, having received a total of less than 12 months of formal education. Lincoln described his education as β€œdefective” and never attended college. He was an avid reader, however, who maintained a lifelong interest in learning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
On the day of Korea's College Admissions Exams (Suneung), the Korean governemnt grounds aircrafts and reroutes flights to prevent students from getting distracted during the exam of their lives bbc.com/news/amp/world-as…
The Chrysler Building in Manhattan is exempt from city taxes. It was built on land donated to the private college Cooper Union in 1902, which was tuition-free from its founding in 1859 to 2014. The building has paid rent to the college since opening in 1930. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned about Joe Moglia, former CEO of TD Ameritrade, who stepped down in 2008 and began a new career as a college football coach. He eventually became the head coach at Coastal Carolina University, accumulating a 56-22 record and earning four Big South Conference titles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Boston College football wears a uniform every year with red bandana pattering in honor of alumni student Welles Crowther, who died saving 18 people on 9/11 while wearing a red bandana. si.com/college/bostoncoll…
Navajo was once in danger of losing a lot of speakers, but the Navajo nation set up programs to teach the language as well as many bilingual schools. Now there are even institutes, community colleges, and technical universities with classes in the Navajo language alphaomegatranslations.co…
Despite being advised to join the NBA after one year in college, Tim Duncan decided to stay in school for 3 more years because he had promised his mother, on her deathbed, that he would get his college degree. The move paid off, as he got drafted by the Spurs & won 5 championships with them grunge.com/12319/true-sto…
Andy Bernard from the US version of the Office is named after a real-life economist named Andrew Bernard, who teaches economics at Dartmouth College. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 2002 a midwestern college student attempted to create a "smile" across America with pipe bombs in mailboxes. He was committed to an FBI psych hospital where he remains to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
Today I learned about Pataphysics, a β€œphilosophy” of science that β€œexamines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics”. The College of Pataphysics in Paris is permanently headed by Dr. Faustroll, a fictional character, and their Vice-Curator position was previously held by a crocodile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
In 2011, a 61 year old British taxi driver donated his body to science in order to be mummifiedβ€”to help scientists learn more about the process. It was a great success and Alan the mummy now lies in the Gordon Museum of Pathology at King’s College London. chemistryworld.com/career…
The Turkey Drop is when a freshman college student comes home for Thanksgiving and is unceremoniously dumped by his high school girlfriend or boyfriend. refinery29.com/en-us/turk…
Arcadia University, formerly an all female school known as Beaver College, was forced to change it’s name because of the word beaver being slang for vagina. Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Howard Stern even made jokes about it. abcnews.go.com/US/story?i…
Today I learned of Ron Weaver, a 30-year old former college football player who took on a fake alias to earn a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Texas posing as a 23-year old. vault.si.com/.amp/vault/1…
Jeremiah Dummer did more for Yale University than Elihu Yale, but the trustees didn't want the school known as "Dummer College." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
In the late 1990s, a company secretly filmed hundreds of college wrestlers, football & squash players undressing and showering for videos like "Lockertime" and "Straight Off the Mats." 46 athletes sued Franco Productions (which did not appear in court) and were each awarded $11 million. abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?…
Despite not having a nuclear engineering program (no engineering programs at all) Reed College in Portland, OR is the only liberal-arts school to have a nuclear reactor. It is run by undergraduates, and has more female operators than any other nuclear program in the world combined. reactor.reed.edu/about.ht…
When Prince Charles arrived at the Britannia Royal Naval College for his Royal Navy officer training, unlike all other cadets who arrived by coach he drove to Dartmouth in his own Aston Martin. While driving up the ramps to meet the Captain it broke down and had to be pushed the final few yards. bythedart.co.uk/things-to…

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